Over five decades and 18 studio albums, Judas Priest have established themselves as one of the most important and influential bands in metal history. Which of these albums is the best, though? That’s what we want to hear from you this week Wired Nights Poll on the album of the week.
You will have until Friday at 12 N ET to vote. We will then play the three songs from the album with the most votes during Wired Nights‘ Album of the week block to start the following Monday’s show!
Judas Priest originally trained with Al Atkins behind the mic, but they did not record any proper albums with him – the majority of their discography was recorded with Rob Halford as vocalist. The band got off to a bit of a slow start, releasing four albums in the mid to late 70s before really finding their sound and commercial success with 1978. Killing machine, which was published in the United States under the title Hell Bent for Leather the next year.
Around the period Hell Bent for Leather came out was also when Rob Halford and co. started wearing studded leather and motorcycle accessories, so in the 1980s British steel was released, they not only had a sound, but also a picture. Priest eventually played a central role in this kind of fashion associated with metal.
The band released six more albums during the 1980s and 1990s with Halford, and then Tim “Ripper” Owens took over as frontman. Two albums were recorded with him as a singer – 1997 Juggler and 2001 Demolition – before Halford returns.
The metal legends have since released four more albums, the most recent being 2018’s Firepower. They’ve spent much of the last year touring in support of their 50th anniversary, but it doesn’t look like they’re planning on stopping any time soon.
Head below to vote for your favorite Judas Priest album, then tune in Wired Nights next Monday at 7 p.m. ET to find out which record prevailed. During tonight’s show, you’ll find out which Offspring album was voted best and hear three songs from the winner.
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